International Time Capsule Society

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The International Time Capsule Society (ITCS), based at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, is an organization established to promote the study of time capsules.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Since 1990, it has been documenting all types of time capsule projects worldwide.[1][3][4][5][6][7] In October 2016 its website reported that it is no longer active but continues to register time capsules.


The founders are time capsule researchers from the United States and Europe.[1]

  • Knute Berger ("Skip"), executive director of the Washington Centennial Time Capsule project, author of the article Time Capsules in America[1][8]
  • Dr. Brian Durrans, anthropologist, former deputy keeper in the ethnography department of the British Museum.[1]
  • Paul Hudson, author of the article The Oglethorpe Atlanta Crypt of Civilization Time Capsule[1]
  • William Jarvis, of Washington State University Library, author of the book Time capsules: a cultural history (2002).


The International Time Capsule Society states in their handout brochure as their mission:

  • To maintain a registry of timed events of all known time capsules.[5][9]
  • To establish a clearing house for information about time capsules.[5][9]
  • To encourage study of the history, variety, and motivation behind time capsule projects.[5][9]
  • To educate the general public and the academic community concerning the value of time capsules.[5][9]


The International Time Capsule Society is an organization dedicated to tracking the world's time capsules to ensure that those that are created are not lost.[1][5] The ITCS has set up a registry of time capsules, and has 1,400 groups listed.[4][5] The ITCS estimates there are between 10,000 and 15,000 time capsules worldwide.[1][9] Paul Hudson of Oglethorpe University estimates that more than 80 percent of all time capsules are lost and will not be opened on their intended date.

The ITCS held a series of conferences at Oglethorpe University at their campus in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

Crypt of Civilization[edit]

The International Time Capsule Society is based at Oglethorpe University, home of the Crypt of Civilization, the first modern time capsule.

Lost time capsules[edit]

The International Time Capsule Society is also in search of several time capsules that supposedly at one time existed, however are presently lost.[10][11] It requests that the whereabouts of any of the lost capsules be reported to them.[11] New methods using GPS coordinates are underway to prevent time capsules from getting lost in time.

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